Scotland's best performance at a European Championship Finals came in 1982, when they won the tournament (although it was the under-18 tournament until 2002). Beating Czechoslovakia 3–1 in the final, the team was managed by Andy Roxburgh and Walter Smith, who would both go on to manage the senior side. Scotland defeated rivals England in the qualifying round and finished top of Group 4, which also included the Netherlands. In the semi-finals, Scotland beat Poland 2–0.
Scotland reached the semi-finals of the 1978 tournament, where they lost on penalties to Yugoslavia. Scotland topped Group two - which included Germany and Italy - to qualify for the semi-final, having beaten Denmark in the qualifying round.
Scotland were also runners-up in 2006 when, under the guidance of manager Archie Gemmill and coach Tommy Wilson, they lost to Spain in the final. This performance guaranteed Scotland's participation at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup (formerly the World Youth Championships), which was their first appearance for 20 years.
For the 2007 tournament, Scotland qualified top of a group including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia and Germany. The matches were played in early-October. Scotland won all three games which ensured qualification to the elite round of qualification along with Germany, which is the second (and final) qualifying round.
For the elite round of the 2009 tournament Scotland played Slovakia, Bosnia and England. Under the guidance of Billy Stark, the young Scots earned 2-1 and 3-0 vicotries against Slovakia and Bosnia respectively. However, they lost out to hosts, England, in the last game by 2-1.
For the elite round of the 2010 tournament Scotland had a disappointing campaign. They got off to a bright start, beating Montenegro (4-0), however defeats to Belgium (1-2) and hosts Croatia (0-1) followed, and Scotland were eliminated.